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I've been battling all over joint pain for a few years now.

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I've been battling all over joint pain for a few years now. It consists of cracking/crunching joints followed by pain. I went through the healthcare system here in London and was given various anti inflammatory drugs and antibiotics with no improvement at all. I've had lots of blood taken which has not given a reason to what might be the cause. My joints do not swell (apart from my feet if I stand all day) and the inflammatory marker in my blood was not of concern to the doctors. I have since seen a private doctor in the last 6 months who checked me for leaky gut which came back positive. I've taken various medication for this over the last 5 months with no real improvement except for better stools. I've had some recent X-rays taken from my chiropractor which shows degeneration of the spine. My knees are also going. I'm trying to work out what step to take next as things are getting worse. I didn't really want to start taking drugs as this my affect my gut but am unsure what to do.
I'm a 30 year old male with no other issues along side the joints (some tiredness when it's at its worst)
Thanks in advance
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

have you been tested for fibromyalgia?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
they tested various pressure points for fibro but with no issues
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

how about for lupus and other autoimmune disease?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
all bloods were taken and tested. I got to a point where my rheumatologist seemed unsure and we're just trialling various drugs on me every time I returned
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.


I think you have some type of autoimmune that is hard to identify

what drugs have you tried?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Off the shelf nsaid
Pain patches
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

what about lyrica, cymbalta or savella?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

I would try lyrica or cymbalt

They both work excellent for your condition

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I've also tried various diets, cutting out gluten.... But no improvement
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

This is going to be tough to treat outside of meds

I have seen this before.

It is like an autoimmune condition that doesn't meet any of the criteria for a disease

I'm sorry

I would go with cymbalta or lyrica

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Are these anti inflammatorys? If so I'm wondering why would they work if the others did nothingThanks
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

No, they are not

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for this question

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